On the Elkhorn

Spent a couple of hours on Kentucky’s Elkhorn Creek last week with Lee McClellan and Dave Baker.

The Elkhorn is one of the most productive smallmouth bass streams in the state but it was stingy with its favors.

The water was low, clear and surprisingly cold, the result, probably of a couple of recent below freezing nights.

Fishing with a light spinning outfit tipped with a pin minnow Baker landed three smallies from an eddy about the size of a dinning room table.

McClellan – a committed jig man and one of the best and most determined smallmouth fishermen I know –  hooked and lost one.

I was armed with an 8-foot, 5-weight and managed to hook then lose one on a black wooly bugger.

But on a sunny late fall afternoon the fish were secondary. The scenery alone was worth the trip.

That’s Lee in the photo.